Healthy Sex Life Is The Key To Looking Younger, Says Researcher
Having sex on a regular basis keeps people looking youthful, researcher David Weeks claims.
Weeks, 59, the former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, spent a decade asking thousands of people about their sex lives. In a paper presented later today to British Psychological Society, Weeks will discuss how those who looked younger than their age said they had sex 50 per cent more often -- three times a week, rather than twice -- than others whom Weeks questioned. People in their 40s and 50s looked 5 to 7 years younger, Weeks says.
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Weeks says that the youthfulness benefit of sex in older people derives from the release of endorphins, which makes one feel good and also reduces anxiety, which in turn helps with sleep. The exercise of sex is good for the heart, and, Weeks claims, sex in older people helps release hormones which makes skin look more youthful.
"When people contemplate ageing their thinking is driven with negative stereotypes and ageist myths--those who are most prejudiced against older people know them least," Weeks says. "And misconceptions of this kind generate irrational prohibitive feelings, making sexual experiences less enjoyable for both partners within a relationship."
Weeks cites a Welsh heart disease study from 1997, in which the mortality risk was found to be 50 per cent lower in men who had orgasms twice a week or more.
"Sexual satisfaction is a major contributor to quality of life, ranking at least as high as spiritual or religious commitment and other morale factors, so more positive attitudes towards mature sex should be vigorously promoted. Sexuality is not the prerogative of younger people and nor should it be."
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